Diane Cameron Elam
Diane Cameron Elam
Originally from Chicago, Illinois Diane Cameron entered the entertainment arena as a jazz dancer and make-up artist for Ebony Fashion Fair. Diane auditioned for her first theater role and won the part, she was cast in the leading role for the Hilton Head Island, SC production as Miss Sherman in the play FAME in 1991. Ms Cameron went on to be featured in Big River, Prelude to a Kiss, Merrily We Roll Along, and Midsummer's Night Dream. She was nominated for Best Actress of The Year Award from the Theater Jacksonville production of August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson" in 1997.
Here she tackled the complex characterization of the lead female role of Bernice. In 1997, Diane concentrated on organizing and producing benefit concerts, singing and songwriting. The proceeds from her musical contribution on the compilation J.A.N.E. CD "Africa's Fruit" benefited homeless and disadvantaged women in Jacksonville, FL.
In 1998, she organized and produced the S.W.I.N.G. benefit concert for St. Augustine, FL, & this effort contributed toward a children's playground. Diane has written over 50 songs from the heart and usually addresses issues that affect women.
She says "It never fails to happen; when I write a song about my life, I'm singing about someone else's." In 1999, Diane toured Memphis, TN at Alfred's and the Gibson Guitar Center. She received great reviews from the Beale Street crowd. In 2000, Ms. Cameron completed a 3-month tour in Tokyo, Japan with the Phil Morrison Trio Ms.
Cameron toured Chicago in 2001 where she performed at the famed KoKo Taylor, Buddy Guy's Legends and Lee's Unleaded Blues Club. She has appeared in Atlanta at the Bayou Room, Cafe 290, Breezes, and City of Douglasville, GA., Summer Concert Series Festival. In Alabama and Florida, Diane has played at some of the Eastern Shore..s finest establishments such as in San Destin, Florida at the San Destin Resort and Conference Center, Florabama as well as numerous private engagements and weddings. Diane has made guest appearances at the Daphne, Alabama Jazz in The Plaza, and Cotton Club New York Night at the Daphne Civic Center.
She also performed for the 2002 and 2003 Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce National Shrimp Festival. Other Alabama Eastern Shore appearances include Kiva Dunes, Beach Club, Guy's Gumbo, Oleander Resort, Marriott Grand Hotel, Legions Club, Theater 98 and more...Diane has produced several youth theatrical productions, was a guest on channel 44 Mobile's "Cover Stories" hosted by Nona Simmons. Diane has written several plays, published an environmental skit for the City of Mobile's "Keep Mobile Beautiful" organization and is currently planning a book signing tour to promote her first children's book "Fred & Felix". Diane was selected U.S.A.
Artist in Residence to the 2004 Republic of Benin Gospel & Roots Festival and reappointed in 2005. The State of Alabama USA passed a Resolution recognizing Ms. Cameron..s Contributions to the Diasjazzpora art form. President of the Republic of Benin, Matthew Kerekou, issued an apology for the role of his ancestors in the Trans Atlantic slave trade.
The Voyage of the ..Clotilde.. to Mobile, Alabama USA was the last known slave ship to sail from the continent of Africa to the United States. Benin American Music Management (BAMM) proudly announces Diane Cameron and ..The Reconciliation.. CD has been nominated by the KORA Awards Organization 2005 in the category of Best Afro American Diaspora.
The other nominees in this category are Will Smith, Mariah Carey, Akon and Oliver. The CD ..The Reconciliation.. and winning song entry ..Come Back Home To Africa.. is Ms.
Cameron..s artistic recognition of Africa..s Reconciliation with its Diaspora and the use of the arts in human affairs merging this art form with a revered respect for the triumphs and sacrifices of Africa and her adopted homeland of Benin, (formerly Dahomey), the atrocities of slavery and her African ancestral heritage. The CD is themed on the reality of reconciling the African Diaspora and a tributary memoriam to places and events in the history of Africa and the Diaspora Diane will begin her world as part of her promotion of Diasjazzpora arts and the ..Reconciliation Renaissance.. in 2006 and 2007. Television Credits Channel 44 ..
Nona Simmons .. Cover Stories .. Interview & Vocal Performance .. Mobile, Alabama Channel 3 ..
Pensacola Television to promote trip to Benin Channel 12 .. Good Morning Jacksonville .. Clennon King .. Interview & Vocal Performance ..
Jacksonville, FL. ORTB .. Republic of Benin, West Africa LC2 .. Republic of Benin, West Africa Radio Credits St.
Augustine .. Interview for compilation CD .. Jacksonville, FL - 1997 Kennedy-King College Radio .. Chicago, Illinois ..
This Woman..s Heart.. 1998 WBEE .. Peoria, Ill. ..
Listening Party for first CD 1999 .. ..This Woman..s Heart.. WDLT .. Mobile, AL ..
Carmen Brown Host - 2001 WDLT .. Mobile, AL .. Carmen Brown Host - 2002 WDLT .. Mobile, AL ..
Carmen Brown Host - 2003 WDLT .. Mobile, AL .. Carmen Brown Host - 2004 Oceane FM Radio .. Republic of Benin, West Africa - 2005 Radio Star FM ..
Republic of Benin, West Africa - 2005 Golf Radio FM .. Republic of Benin, West Africa .. 2005 CAPP FM Radio .. Republic of Benin, West Africa ..
2005 Radio Ouidah .. Republic of Benin, West Africa - 2005 Theatrical Credits Fame .. Hilton Head Island, SC 1991 Big River .. Hilton Head Island, SC 1992 Prelude to a Kiss ..
Hilton Head Island, SC 1992 Midsummer..s Night Dream .. Chicago, IL 1993 Merrily We Roll Along .. Atlanta, GA 1995 Piano Lesson .. Jacksonville, FL 1997 Rhythm of the World ..
(written & directed) .. Daphne, AL 2000 Voices of Freedom .. (written & directed) .. Mobile, AL 2001 Cry of Freedom ..
(written & directed) .. Mobile, AL 2004 Open Letter to the African American Daughter .. (written & directed) Mobile, AL 2005 Open Letter to the African American Son .. (written & directed) Mobile, AL 2005 The Children of Diaspora ..
Written and Directed, Republic of Benin, West Africa Commercial Credits Haverty..s Furniture .. Holiday Scene .. Televised Aaron..s Furniture .. Family Purchasing Scene ..
Print Marriott Grand Hotel .. Postcard Scene - Print Newsprint Credits Hilton Head Island Packet .. Dec 1991 Florida Times-Union .. March 1997 Folio Weekly (Jacksonville) ..
December 1997 Mobile Press Register .. May 2002 The Islander .. Gulf Shores, Alabama .. October 2002 Mobile Press Register ..
February 2004. National Festivals 2002, 2003, Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce Shrimp Festival International Tours Tokyo Dome Hotel .. Artist Café .. 3 Months with Phil Morrison Trio, Tokyo, Japan - 8/2000 ..
11/2000 .. Mitsuya Agency firstname.lastname@example.org *Republic of Benin/Africa Gospel & Roots Reconciliation Tour August 2nd .. 8th 2004 *Republic of Benin/Africa Gospel & Roots Reconciliation Tour July 31st .. August 7th 2005 http://www.legislature.state.al.us/searchableinstruments/2004RS/Resolutions/HJR700.htm http://www.legislature.state.al.us/searchableinstruments/2006RS/Resolutions/HJR262.htm Read more on Last.fm.
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